Autumn Fairy

Posted Jul 28, 2007, 10:16:08 AM

Here's another watercolor I did a few years back.  Can you tell I'm a huge Brian Froud fan?  I love his style.


The original is tiny...only 5 X 3 inches.  I have no idea why I did it so small.  It started as a doodle really & gradually turned into a teeny fairy painting.

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  • Aug 30, 2007
    This is an awesome work.

    With delicate and simple strokes you gave form to a beautiful fairy, and formed woods behind her.

    It´s not easy to depict so well a background with this kind of techinque.
    • Sep 5, 2007
      Thank you. I honestly didn't know what I was doing...I was just trying to capture an autumn forest.

      I used a mask (sealed the paper) to protect the wings & did them last...that's why they look so bright. Painting a watercolor is all about layering.
  • Aug 12, 2007
    You have a talent for painting beautiful wings! Love the choice of muted, earthy colors, too.
    I can see the Brian Froud influence. I've had the privilege of meeting Brian several times now, and he's quite an amazing person. One of the kindest (and most talented) people I've ever met. Smile
    • Sep 5, 2007
      Thank you. I was going for a muted autumn sky & really it was mostly a fortunate accident.

      I envy you...I'd love to meet Brian Froud. His work is so distinctive & took fantasy art to a higher level.
  • Aug 1, 2007
    Wow. This is truly great. You are one of the few who can truly master watercolours. I love the feathery-light feel of this. Any other medium just would not have worked. FAVED IT! Smile
    • Aug 1, 2007
      Thank you. :-)

      Watercolors are have to work fast, when the paper is just a little damp, to get the right blending of color. On the other hand, you need to let it dry if you want to do detail. I had to practice a LOT to figure all of that out. It's always a challenge.
      • Aug 2, 2007
        Yup I know what you mean. Funnily enough I have a watercolour fairy of my own in my PD gallery... not as good as yours, but you might like it.

  • Jul 28, 2007
    Thats the first thing I thought when I saw this; Brian Froud. Im a fan of his art too, specially his works from Labyrinth. But wow, this work is so beautiful. So much detail! And her wings are just gorgeous. Wonderful work!
    • Jul 28, 2007
      Thank you. I'm flattered that you saw it & thought "Froud". He's incredible.

      Like him, I think fantasy art is most "convincing" when there are strong elements of reality & nature included in the composition. A fall fairy with wings that mimic dead leaves was, I thought, a fun idea & so that's where I was going with this piece.
  • Jul 28, 2007
    Beautiful. You hand is full of win. You'd get along very well with Ashevans if you see her about. She does sculptures too, and paints ^^ You're both talented at both- I'm slightly jealose ^^
    • Jul 28, 2007
      Traditional art is so competetive...I'm lucky that I have my unique niche with the masks or it'd be very hard to make a living selling my art. I mostly do watercolors to relax.
  • Jul 28, 2007
    Wow, it's beautiful! I love it.
    • Jul 28, 2007
      Thank you! I'm normally not great with backgrounds, but I was really happy with the way this one turned out. Too bad I did it so small.